Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors is a series of month-long courses offered to adults of any age. Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Owen Student Services Center on the Simpson University campus. The cost per course is $95 per person or $145 per married couple.

Participants can take classes in eight areas of study: history, science, literature, music and art, Bible, theology, and personal development. Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Registration for Spring courses starts November 1, 2018.


If you do not wish to register online, please stop by the Advancement office, Owens Center room 304 to register in person. If you have any questions, please call the Advancement Office at 530-226-4506.

Simpson University for Seniors
2211 College View Dr., Redding CA, 96003

  • Spring 2019 Courses

    January 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 23, 25, 28, 30


    10:20 - 11:20 The Sermon on the Mount: When Matthew was invited by Jesus to follow Him, his life dramatically changed. This former tax collector knew the importance of records, so Matthew wrote down what Jesus taught about being his follow. The most comprehensie teachings of Jesus are known as the Sermon on the Mount. It is imperative for followers of Jesus to know, and for those interested in Christ to consider, what Jesus taught about being part of the Kingdom of God. Among the topics we will address are: the Beatitudes, murder, divorce, oaths, fasting, revenge, loving your enemis, prayer and worry. Presenter: Jim Voss


    11:30 - 12:30 Union Jack: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire: The history and geography of the mightiest empire in human history--at one time dominating one-fourth of the earth's land surface and one-third of all humanity. The story will take us from the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Presenter: Don Claspill


    February 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25, 27


    10:20 - 11:20 The Acts of the Apostles: The history of the early Church, beginning with the ascension of the resurrected Christ. His disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses, beginning in "Jerusalem...and to the ends of the earth." They encountered problems and had differences of opinion on various subjects. The Gospel was proclaimed to both Jew and Gentile. Presenter: Glenn Shaefer


    11:30 - 12:30 Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain: The Presenter was born in Estonia when the country was under the control of the USSR. He will share his story of what life was like as a Christian living in that environment. Topics will also include the history, geography, climate, culture, language and eonomics of the country--then and now. Presenter: Richard Jurgens


    March 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25


    10:20 - 11:20 Tolkien: The Author and his Writings: J.R.R. Tolkien created fascinating worlds in his fantasy fiction, worlds that went on to see new cinematic life in the recent film adaptations. We will read and discuss his best loved novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in relation to his life, the Inklings' œuvre, and the flims. Journey to the Middle Earth with us! Presenter: Carolyn Murray


    11:30 - 12:30 Modern Israel: From Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu: The unprecedented story of a state, extinct for nearly 2,000 years, "miraculously" returning to existence in the 20th Century. Eretz Israel has become both the most powerful state in the Middle East as well as the most controversial nation in the world. Presenter: Don Claspill


    April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 24, 26


    10:20 - 11:20 Christian Apologetics--Exercising Faith in a Doubting World: Apologetics is the branch of theology and philosophy that focuses on giving a reasoned defense for our Christian faith. This class is an introductory but serious course focused on the major issues and approaches to Christian apologetics. Topics include the nature and scope of apologetics, apologetics in the New Testament, evidentialist approaches, reformed apologetics, the challenge of scientific materialism, apologetics in the post-modern context, the problem of evil, and apologetics in everyday life. Presenter: Brian Larsen


    11:30 - 12:30 Writing Engaging Memoirs: Life experiences make each individual unique, meaningful and noteworthy. Utilizing effective techniques, this class emphasizes these experiences by making the writing of memoirs fun, thoughtful, and engaging. Presenter: Gera Unmack

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